Social Venture Partners Tampa Bay’s (SVP Tampa Bay) official launch event was inspiring, delving into how we as a community can develop stronger nonprofits, stronger connections and stronger philanthropic leaders. As this international philanthropic movement arrives in Tampa Bay, we heard how connecting passion with purpose can change the world.
Paul Shoemaker, founding president of Social Venture Partners International, officially introduced SVP Tampa Bay to the local community at a breakfast reception in the historic courthouse ballroom of Le Meridien Tampa Hotel. Business and community leaders joined the founding partners of SVP Tampa Bay to hear Paul share insights from the beginning of SVP in Seattle, through its spread throughout the globe.
Connection was a fundamental theme of the presentation and is an essential driver for SVP. SVP doesn’t just focus on a need in the community, but instead concentrates on three points of connection: connecting people to the work of social change; connecting people to each other; and connecting individuals to themselves and their purpose. Money matters but SVP’s national Executive Connector Paul Shoemaker says, “They’ll do this not just with money but with professional expertise. We go beyond your checkbook. The end game is we connect so we can create positive change in the community and create a deeper sense of purpose in your life.”
By connecting people to the work, SVP provides a greater understanding of the needs in the community and provides a platform to support nonprofits that meet those needs, contributing both funding and expertise. In the process, partners are able to connect with like-minded individuals, sharing the experience of collectively working toward a common goal. Lastly, SVP connects individuals to themselves by helping them find a deeper sense of purpose in their own lives. As Paul tells the partners he leads in Seattle, “we’ll meet you where you are, but we won’t leave you there,” truly reinforcing the life-changing journey SVP offers.
For a glimpse of Paul’s remarks, click here: http://youtu.be/HL_tilczH_U
For the complete presentation, please visit https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B5DUgi14xN7gVUFJRExrejlDa0U/view?usp=sharing
For more information, or to become a partner, contact founding partner and executive director Rebekah Heppner at firstname.lastname@example.org.